Video games are inherently problematic as cultural artefacts, presenting issues of stability, currency, interaction and participation (to name but a few) in their curation. These issues are not necessarily unique to video games in an exhibition context, but their combination with the on-going debate about the status of video games as an art form inspire discussion and debate. Despite the issues presented by video games, there have been countless video game exhibitions in formal and informal contexts, typically focussing upon the historical narrative around games or their position as artefacts with cultural value. It is only in the last few years that artistic and academic study of this problematic field has developed traction, through both an emerging body of literature looking to formalise video games exhibitions practices and practitioner debate. 2019 sees the inaugural Game Arts International Assembly “a think tank for the international games arts ecosystem” bringing together leading curators and makers working at the forefront of public display of interactive arts and playful media.
This paper contributes to the developing body of knowledge which analyses video games exhibition methods by formalising and evaluating the methods utilised within informal and formal contexts of video games exhibition from the perspective of reception theory. The study of both large scale exhibition such as those orchestrated by the Victoria and Albert museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum alongside the one night indie game night or play party is a unique contribution to the field, with studies typically focussing on approaches within one given context. Reception theory provides a lens through which the active participative role of the attendee or visitor in meaning making can be evaluated and allows consideration of the connection between selected methods of exhibition and the resulting meaning making opportunities possible for a range of potential audiences.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of EVA London 2020|
|Editors||Jon Weinel, Jonathan P. Bowen, Graham Diprose, Nick Lambert|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||BCS Learning & Development Ltd.|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2020|
|Event||EVA London 2020: AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination - BCS London office, 25 Copthall Avenue, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 6 Jul 2020 → 9 Jul 2020
Conference number: 30th
|Name||Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)|
|Publisher||BCS Learning and Development Ltd|
|Conference||EVA London 2020|
|Period||6/07/20 → 9/07/20|
|Other||International Electronic Visualisation & the Arts conference|